It seems that the current goal of most educational programs and institutions in the world is to teach people as many facts as possible. Now I am talking about the facts that are “accepted” definitions that you can look up in encylopedias and dictionaries.
Although it is essential to develop a vocabulary in a certain subject to understand it a deeper level, I think that the goal of education should be to inspire questions and further about a subject rather than sterile knowledge. Science classes are especially tagged with this stigma, but all subjects are basically considered boring and uninteresting to most students and for good reason.
I think that education needs to be geared to teaching (critical) thinking skills rather than simple teaching facts. The facts of a subject should and will naturally be a secondary ‘byproduct’ education that teaches how to think critically.
Another problem with the current educational system is that teaches people what to think about. Although I think it is important to have ‘subjects’ like science and history, but these should course should be used a setting to develop critical thinking skills. Rather than emphasizing what a book was about and what the theme was and what symbolism was used and how the character progressed through the story, we should emphasize how literature can be used to help us understand the world from a different perspective by looking at the experience of the characters. Instead of emphasizing how a spring force is proportional to how much it is stretched and that this is called Hooke’s Law, we should emphasize that the process of learning how the physical world works gives you valuable problem sovling skills that can be applied to so many things.